Clemson University trustees approved a plan Friday to build a permanent architecture center for its existing school in Charleston.
Clemson’s board of trustees approved the new building at its meeting. The school says the facility, expected to cost $15 million, is an attempt to grow its dealings in Charleston-based architecture programs.
The center, to be named after Countess Alicia Paolozzi in recognition of a $1 million gift from the Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation, will also house a graduate program in historic preservation.
“This facility allows us to finally realize the benefit of having programs in the middle of one of the most architecturally and historically significant cities in America,” said President James F. Barker, architect and former dean of the college where the programs exist.
Meanwhile, the school continued to grow its programs for students in engineering, as the trustees approved an electronic outreach that targets technical college and high school students. They’re hoping the new Center for Aviation and Automotive Technology Education will help train new workers in those fields. The idea is to provide advanced training in virtual classrooms.
The trustees also approved four new degree programs and a new certificate. The new degrees are a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in anthropology, Master of Engineering in systems engineering along with Educational Specialist in counselor education. They also created a certificate in bioengineering medical device recycling and reprocessing.
The approval process is not over yet, as the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education still has to approve the programs and degrees. State officials also have to sign off on the new architecture center.